Travel Tips

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Whale Watching

Humpback whales may be seen in the winter from the observation park at the Rincón Lighthouse. The peek season is February, though the whales have been spotted from late December through late March. Just ask around the marina or the Lighthouse. In peak season, you may see them a few hundred meters off the Lighthouse.

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Surfing Beaches in Rincon & Western Puerto Rico

There are numerous world-class surfing spots in the Rincón/Isabela area of western PR. Peak season is October through April, however virtually all year round, waves are breaking somewhere in Puerto Rico!

Rincon is a popular surf area of western PR because of its great surf breaks and frequent off-shore winds, with many spots that favour trade winds.

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Puerto Rican Holidays

Puerto Rico has a bunch of public holidays.  The US territory observes most American holidays as well as many of its own.  On holidays, all public and government offices are closed.  Many businesses also close for holidays in PR, so make sure to stock up on celebration supplies!!
 
January 1-New Year’s Day
January 6-Three Kings’ Day
January 13-Eugenio María de Hostos’s Birthday
January 20-Martin Luther King’s Birthday
February 17-Washington’s Birthday
March 22-Abolition of Slavery Day
April 18-Good Friday
April 21-José de Diego’s Birthday
May 26-Memorial Day
July 4-U.S. Independence Day
July 21-Luis Muñoz Rivera’s Birthday
July 25-Puerto Rico’s Constitution Day
July 27-José Celso Barbosa Day
September 1-Labor Day/Santiago Iglesias Pantín Day
October 12-Discovery of America Day/Hispanic Day
November 11-Armistice Day/Veterans’ Day
November 19-Puerto Rico’s Discovery Day
November 27-Thanksgiving Day
December 25-Christmas Day

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Best Surf Reports for Rincon, PR

Planning a surf trip is tricky business, especially when trying to catch some good swell. Many people wonder: What are the best surf forecasts to check for Rincon, PR?  Well, here ya go:

Magicseaweed: This one seems to be solid for PR, and definitely the best for trying to look at the longe-range.
Surfline: Surfline has cams around Rincon and Isabela that are great!
Buoyweather: This is a virtual-buoy website that will give you 2 days of predictions for free. Great for super accurate short-term forecasts.

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Sandy Beach Area Restaurants

Tamboo Beside the Point  Location   International
Kahuna burger bar           Location    3-minute walk, Open 11:30am-10pm year round
Saltaire                              Location  Sophisticated cuisine, Nov-April 5-10pm *Reservation Recommended  518.935.3988
Pools Sushi Bar                Location   Showcase surf flicks on a large screen overlooking a swimming pool.  787.823.2583
Casa Islena                      Location   American, Open November-August breakfast (7 days a week)8am-11:45, lunch (Thurs-sun) 12pm-4pm

 

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Puntas/Ensenada AREA RESTAURANTS

Carta Buena              Location  Fresh juices, Smoothies, Vegan lunch items 787.679.2365
Jack’s shack              Location  Affordable, breakfast/lunch (occasional dinners) veggie options, Vegan cookies 508.560.2491
Cambija                     Location   Affordable, local, fresh fish, casual, empanadillas 787.823.1118
La Copa Llena           Location  Sophisticated, progressive cuisine. Oceanfront 787.823.0896
Shipwrecks                Location Fresh fish, International, large portions 787.823.0578
Mi Familias pizza       Location Brick oven pizza, salads, beer, pool 787.823.0103
Villa Cofresi                Location Great beach bar, rum drinks out of a coconut “pirata”, fried bar food, great beach 787.823.2450
Calypso                      Location  Oceanside bar with a super casual atmosphere, great for happy hour sunsets and live music 787.823.1626
Kabanas(Located at Steps beach)   Location Super casual, Affordable
English Rose             Location Excellent fancier breakfast, make reservations

 





 

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Plaza Restaurants

Plaza                  Location
Roots                  Lunch/Dinner Great food, Fresh local fish, Great drinks.
El Patio               Dinner super cool vibe, great for drinks and live music.
Cafe 413             Breakfast/lunch/dinner great brunch with live music.
Mangia Mia         Dinner, Italian, pasta pizza, etc
Gyrlo                   Gyros, specialty drinks, music
3 Brother’s Pizza  Pizza
Friends Cafe        Coffee pastries etc.
K-Fe Luna            Coffee, breakfast, etc.